Planetary Science [5 opportunities]
PhD Permanent Manchester, UK
Uploaded 25 Nov 2018
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Be part of an active research team working to further our understanding of the environment and tackle the issues we face today.
We have a broad range of research projects that we are currently engaged in that we are seeking doctoral students for.
Planetary science is an interdisciplinary subject and we welcome students who have studied geology, geochemistry, chemistry, physics or planetary science at degree level, and who ideally have experience of carrying out an independent research project as part of their degree.
Our current projects fall under the following categories:
Science of meteorites
- Investigating the water and volatile inventory of unequilibrated ordinary chondritesSupervisors: Dr Romain Tartèse and Dr Rhian Jones, Dr Ashley King Schofield (Natural History Museum, London)
- Volatile processing during planetary differentiation: insights from Asteroid 4 VestaSupervisors: Dr Brian O’Driscoll, Dr Patricia Clay, Professor Ray Burgess, Dr Russell Garwood
Science of the Moon
- Lunar Highlands Regolith RecordsSupervisors: Dr Romain Tartese and Dr Katherine Joy
Science of Mars
- Fracturing the martian crust: combining neutron diffraction experiments and microstructural analyses to investigate the fracturing of pyroxenesSupervisors: Dr Steve Covey-Crump, Dr Paul Schofield (Natural History Museum, London), Dr Katherine Joy
- Analysis and modelling of planetary atmospheresSupervisors: Dr Paul Connolly, Dr Grant Allen, Professor Jamie Gilmour, and Professor David Schultz
Suggest your own
The research projects described here should give you a taste of the topics and scope we cover. We welcome project suggestions from prospective students, who should initially contact the appropriate research group academic to discuss the feasibility of their own ideas and identify a supervisor. Staff members currently researching the planetary sciences and associated disciplines within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences are listed on the Planetary Science research page.
For information about career paths related to completing a planetary science PhD please see the STFC website. The Royal Astronomical Society website also has some useful information here about studying astronomy and planetary science in the UK. We also have a blog at Earth and Solar System about planetary science studies and internship opportunities. Our former students have pursued a wide range of further careers paths ranging from planetary science research careers located across the globe (UK, France, Canada, USA, Japan, Germany), teaching science in schools, working in the space tourism sector (Virgin Galactic), the UK Home Office, industry (drilling contractors, technical writer at mass spectrometer company), working at NASA and the European Space Agency, and in research council administration.